9 ARTICLES IN: AFRICAN TRADITIONAL CULTURES - TRADITIONAL CULTURES IN AFRICA
Traditional Communities in East Africa
If you are planning a safari in East Africa, make time to meet local people as well. There are lots of fascinating traditional communities living near the major safari destinations, and visiting will be a highlight of your trip. Find out how to have an authentic cultural experience with the Maasai, Samburu, Batwa and Hadzabe.
The Maasai: East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania)
An introduction to the Maasai tribe of East Africa. The Maasai are pastoralists and warriors. Self-sufficient and proud, the Maasai are now struggling to maintain their traditions. Their grazing lands are being parceled off and much of it is now protected National Park land. This article also lists some cultural tours for those interested in spending some time with the Maasai people.
The Himba: Namibia
The Himba are semi-nomadic pastoralists who live in Kaokoland which is in the Northwest of Namibia. The Himba are a striking people to look at because they have maintained their traditional culture and dress. The women are topless and cover their bodies with a paste made from fat and ochre. This is an introduction to the Himba including links to tours.
The San Bushmen (Basarwa): Kalahari Desert, Namibia and Botswana
The San (or Basarwa) people of the Kalahari are more commonly known as the Bushmen. The San are traditionally hunter-gatherers and live in small mobile family groups. This article gives an overview of San traditional culture as well as present day issues. It also lists various cultural tours so visitors can experience a little hunting and gathering themselves.
Samburu of Kenya - The Samburu Tribe
The Samburu live in Northern Kenya, in the beautiful Rift Valley region. The Samburu are staunch traditionalists and still lead a semi-nomadic lifestyle for the most part. Visitors to the region can enjoy staying at a community run eco-lodge or hop on...